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Key Uses:Exhaustion and anemia following a bout of illnessLameness or partial paralysis, particularly in the elderlyMuscle pain and stiffness, with tender, swollen jointsNeuralgic and sciatic nerve painsSuppurating abscesses in the armpits
Origin : Obtained from osmiridium, an alloy of iridium, osmium, and platinum.
Background : This metal is named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris, due to its colorful salts. It is used in fountain-pen nibs and hypodermic needles.
Preparation : Iridium is triturated with lactose sugar.
Remedy Profile : Those who respond most effectively to Iridium met. are generally well presented and confident. If not successful in their plans or projects, or if they become ill and exhausted, they may experience confusion, with poor concentration and the feeling that their minds are empty.
Classic physical symptoms linked to Iridium met. include exhaustion and anemia following a bout of illness, and muscle pain and stiffness with tender, swollen joints. There may be nervous, pinching pains in the wrists, fingers, and limbs. In the hip joints there may be scraping, smarting pains and a crawling sensation; sciatic nerve pain may radiate down the legs. Neuralgic pains, perhaps in the back of the head, may be treated with Iridium met., as may lameness or partial paralysis, especially in the elderly. The remedy is also used to help prevent suppurating abscesses in the armpits.
Symptoms Better : For cold; for being indoors; for pressure on the affected area; for continued movement.
Symptoms Worse : For talking; on the left side of the body.